Licensing and Career Services

Real-World Experience

Hands-on experience gives you more in-depth knowledge of your chosen field and an advantage over the competition as your start your career. 

Because of that, it is woven into every aspect of a SUNY Maritime College education.


Our proximity to mid-town Manhattan and our strong connections with industry and businesses there means you have access to a wide variety of credit-granting internship options. As you gain experience and knowledge there, you will also be meeting influential men and women in the business who will help you find your first job and begin to build your professional network.

The Office of Career Services and your faculty will help you find internships. Career Services hosts two annual career fairs and prospective employers regularly come to campus to meet with interested students. The staff will also help you as you build your resume, write a cover letter, and prepare for interviews.

Maritime Students Have Interned With:

U.S. Coast Guard Licenses

One of Maritime College's signature programs is the U.S. Coast Guard license. 

Many of our academic programs offer a Coast Guard license as an option or requirement of the degree. Earning a Coast Guard license qualifies you to work onboard a commercial vessel and is not affiliated with the military.

There are two kinds of Coast Guard licenses:

  • Deck licenses mean you are qualified to navigate a vessel, handle cargo and plan voyages.

  • Engine licenses mean you can operate and repair a vessel's engine and related systems, including electric, heating and ventilation.

To earn a U.S. Coast Guard license, you must be part of the regiment of cadets, a disciplined lifestyle program. You must also take additional license courses and sit for the U.S. Coast Guard exam, a series of seven or eight exams. 

Summer Sea Term

All students in the license program go on summer sea term, where they are responsible for navigating and powering the college's 565-foot long Training Ship Empire State VI around East Coast, Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea.

All students complete their first, 45-day summer sea term after their freshman year. After sophomore year, most students complete a second 45-day cruise, although some of the program's best students pursue experience at sea through the cadet-shipping program.

All students complete their final, 90-day summer sea term after their junior year.

Cadet-Shipping Program

The cadet-shipping program is similar to a professional internship, but onboard a marine vessel.

Most cadet-shipping students complete their assignments over the summer.

The cadet-shipping program is highly competitive and offers students a different kind of professional experience than summers aboard the training ship Empire State VI.

Study Abroad

Students have the option of traveling around Europe or Asia during the college's month-long study abroad program. The trip includes trips to cultural and historic sites, as well as company visits and visits to ports and terminals around the world.

You'll get an up-close look at trade, transportation and logistics of shipping around the globe, while visiting some of the planet's iconic places and learning about different cultures and ways of life.

Select Destinations

  • China

  • Greece

  • Latvia

  • Romania

  • Singapore

  • Taiwan

  • Turkey

  • Poland